four en-suite double bedrooms in 3 thatched units, Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve
offers exceptional comfort and privacy in an unspoiled mountain wilderness.
The Lakeside Lodge and Fisherman's Cottage are set in pines - a short cast
away from the water's edge - with en-suite jacuzzis, fully-equipped kitchens,
lounge and fireplace, patio and braai, offering accommodation in well-appointed
comfort. All linens, crockery and cutlery are provided. Catering is available by
The lodging is well-appointed, but without television, radio and telephone.
Cellphone reception at the units varies from good to poor, with 082 reception
better than 083. Fax, telephone and email facilities are available at the main
farmhouse. If you are self-catering, bring your food and fishing tackle.
Everything else supplied by Giants Cup.
Cup Wilderness Reserve has been called “one of the world’s most beautiful
trout angling resorts” (Fly-Fishing in Southern Africa, Robert Brandon-Kirby).
It offers self-sustaining populations of Brown and Rainbow Trout in the midst of
an unspoiled wilderness. The lake varies in depth from about 1 - 2 meters over
the shallows, down to 14 meters in the channel and the main basin.
The Umzimkulwana River runs for 18 kilometers through the Ukhahlamba
Drakensberg Mountain Park, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site, and is accessible by
hikers off the farm. No vehicular access is permitted, but the first few
kilometres above the farm are not hard to get to.
Where else can you fly-fish for wild spawning fish of up to 10.5 pounds,
while surrounded by herds of grazing eland and mountain reedbuck, and with
lammergeyer (bearded vulture) or black eagle circling overhead?
The lake & Umzimkulwana river, which flows through it, comprise an open,
naturally self-sustaining fishery. Although our hatchery produces 95% of the
trout used throughout the Southern Drakensberg, we do not stock the system. Thus
the fishery is a unique wild system, replenished from the wild spawning of Brown
and Rainbow Trout in the headwaters of the Umzimkulwana, a major tributary of
Giants Cup Hatchery specialises in the production of live angling trout. With a
breeding programme based on the wild gene pool that has existed in the Umzimkulu
headwaters since 1922, the farm hatches out up to a million fish per year, and
supplies angling fish throughout Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape Southern
Drakensberg. The farm supplies more than 90% of the live fish for angling in its
area of operation.
As a by-product, the Giants Cup hatchery also produces a couple of tons per
month of table products. All fish, except for cold-smoked products, are supplied
fresh and vacuum packed for added shelf life. Table products include whole
rounds, deboned rounds, fillets, hot oak-smokedand cold oak-smoked.